On Thursday, FC Utrecht played a painful first half in the practice match against Ajax in the Johan Cruijff ArenA, resulting in a 5-0 deficit, but that halftime score did little to John van den Brom. According to the trainer, it revolves around other things in the preparation.
“Guys, I don’t care that it is 5-0, I said that at half time”, said Van den Brom, who eventually saw his team lose 5-1.
“And that is really the case. It didn’t interest me. When we won 1-0 against AZ last week, it was all good and we became champions, so to speak. Now everyone may think: how do they get it in their head? say they want to attack the top three? That’s just it. The result is not important in the preparation. ”
53-year-old Van den Brom attaches more importance to the fact that Ajax, with a hat trick for Zakaria Labyad and hits by Noa Lang and Nicolás Tagliafico, showed before the break that a lot still needs to be done with his team before the start of the Eredivisie.
“We consciously chose to play against good clubs in the preparation, because then you see something wrong and that was quite a bit this time. It was disappointing as we manifested ourselves here as a team – and also a few individuals. Ajax has uncovered it all, although we also got quite a few opportunities ourselves. ”
Zakaria Labyad scored three times against FC Utrecht. (Photo: Pro Shots)
‘I can not stand that’
Van den Brom can give as an excuse that he missed many players due to injuries. Midfielders Adam Maher, Joris van Overeem and Sander van de Streek had to watch, while defender Django Warmerdam remained at home due to illness. “But he has tested negative for corona”, says Van den Brom. “So I expect him back soon. And the other injured people too.”
On the other hand is the debut of Australian talent Daniel Arzani, who is hired from Manchester City. “We had to wait a long time for his work permit, but now he can finally make minutes. This is a player that you love as a trainer or that drives you crazy and I fall into the first category”, says Van den Brom about the 21 -year-old Arzani, who was the youngest player at the 2018 World Cup.
“He already shoots all the balls in training. He can also be decisive in matches, but still has some difficulty switching. We are working on that.”
Van den Brom, who let Arzani come in after the break, also has trouble with the gestures of the attacker, who asked for a penalty kick against Ajax in vain. “I really can’t stand that. He really shouldn’t do that with us and I will point it out to him. I also don’t know if he should have been given a penalty, but the worst thing I think is that he stopped after that. It took too much time. long until he was part of the team again. ”